The V-Strom 1050XT has only just been announced but the Hessler Rallye Team (HRT) based in Germany has worked their magic to create this superb-looking ‘Desert Express’.
It was shown for the first time at the Eicma show in Milan and has a host of new components (manufactured in-house by HRT), plus modified suspension and aftermarket bolt-ons, which will be available as a kit to buy so you can do the same to yours.
Hessler’s Desert Express – which plays on the name given to the original DR750S – gains 30mm of suspension travel over the standard machine (up from 160mm to 190mm), with modified front forks and a new rear shock from Wilbers, plus a new HRT-made linkage.
The front forks slot into new yokes, also made in-house, and atop sit X-Line handlebars from MAGURA. Further HRT additions include footrest hangers – which support Suzuki RM-Z450 footpegs – rear brake pedal and gear lever, and skid plate. A new headlight protector and Zeta Rallye 1050 windscreen are copies of the original items found on Suzuki’s Dakar rally machines.
A lift kit raises the front mudguard to fit Anlas Capra X tyres, brake and clutch levers come courtesy of Probrake, and there’s a new luggage rack and number plate assembly. A Mivv silencer adds to the racey look and enhances the V-Twin rumble, and the whole package is finished in a HRT graphics kit.
The kit from dr-big-shop.de, costs 3,895€.
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